NCWLIFE Evening News October 16, 2019

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Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, An arrest has been made as an Omak man is accused of fatally stabbing one man and injuring another in an early Tuesday altercation. Fire crews put out a fire Monday evening that damaged an unoccupied backyard apartment on Wenatchee’s Southside, and, Police say a Wenatchee man found sleeping in his car had a large quantity of drugs he intended to sell.

But first, we begin tonight. . .

The body of a mentally ill East Wenatchee man missing for three weeks was recovered Sunday. A boater fishing the western Columbia River shoreline discovered the body of 62-year-old Michael P. Acon, near the Wenatchee Appleyard. Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris said Acon apparently died by drowning. His identification was found in his pocket. Acon disappeared from his apartment in late September. Police said he lived with schizophrenia and dementia, and left his medication behind.

An Omak man is accused of fatally stabbing one man and injuring another in an early Tuesday altercation. 19-year-old Tayler Ray Davis was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on Tuesday night. He’s suspected of stabbing 31-year-old Keith Riehart to death at an Omak home about 3:30 a.m.

Riehart was found dead in the middle of the street. A 25-year-old relative of Riehart also suffered knife wounds, and was still hospitalized today. Omak Police Chief Jeff Koplin said a fight among the three men outside the home apparently escalated to involve a baseball bat. Davis allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the two men before fleeing. Police arrested him at a home on Sand Flat Road outside Omak. He faces likely charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Fire crews put out a fire Monday evening that damaged an unoccupied backyard apartment on Wenatchee’s Southside. It was located behind a main residence in the one thousand block of Methow Street.

Crews from Chelan and Douglas Counties responded around 9:22 PM. The fire was reported out about three hours later. Chief Brian Brett says the building’s interior is salvageable and will be repaired. Brett reports a Shiatzu dog died of injuries after it was found in an outdoor kennel next to the accessory dwelling. The main residence was not damaged. Residents of the home said they were alerted after hearing popping sounds. Brett says the cause is likely accidental.

Police say a Wenatchee man found sleeping in his car had a large quantity of drugs he intended to sell. 29-year old Jeired Andrew Nedrow allegedly had nearly two ounces of heroin and just over an ounce of methamphetamine in his parked Subaru, when police discovered him unconscious behind the wheel on Saturday. Police say they also found a 58 oxycodone pills and a stolen .25-caliber pistol in the vehicle, plus other evidence that Nedrow intended to sell the drugs. He remains in the Chelan County jail. Prosecutors are considering five possible felony charges. Police say Nedrow has three previous convictions for heroin sales in Oregon.

Coming up next, Outgoing East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy has agreed to delay proceeding with finding a new police chief until after a new mayor is elected. Motorists who access the Senator George Sellar bridge from Highway 28 Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee could see some changes in the future, and, Washington has upgraded the threat posed by invasive northern pike from Level 1 to Level 3. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Outgoing East Wenatchee Mayor Steve Lacy has agreed to delay proceeding with finding a new police chief until after a new mayor is elected. At last night’s city council meeting the Mayor tabled a plan to hire an outside consultant to conduct a search for a new police chief to replace Randy Harrison. Harrison has announced he’s retiring December 31st. The Mayor said he would welcome the opportunity to participate in the selection process but he said he didn’t want to give the impression that he wanted to control it. . .

Chief Harrison’s departure comes after an independent outside review of the department identified several problems including mismanagement. Lacy explained it was for that reason he proposed hiring an outside firm to conduct the search. . .

Council members including the two mayor candidates, Tim Detering and Jerrilea Crawford who agreed that the process should be tabled until after the November election.

Motorists who access the Senator George Sellar bridge from Highway 28 Sunset Highway in East Wenatchee could see some changes in the future. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair reports . . .

Washington has upgraded the threat posed by invasive northern pike from Level 1 to Level 3. The move is in preparation for an invasive species emergency should the predatory fish make it below Grand Coulee Dam.

If an emergency is declared, Fish and Wildlife officials would be in line for more funding to target the fish.

Northern pike eat salmon and have devastated some fisheries. Last year, a pike was found about 10 miles from Grand Coulee Dam.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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As you may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In tonight’s feature story, Jessica Johnson of SAGE, a domestic abuse treatment center in Wenatchee, appeared this week on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with Dan Kuntz to talk about the many forms domestic violence can take. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Take heart Mariner fans.  Just ten years ago, the Washington Nationals finished the season 69-and-93, dead last in their division.  Now, Washington is headed to the World Series for the first time in team history after sweeping St. Louis in four games to win the NLCS…

The Mariners just finished a 68-and-94 campaign and with Washington qualifying for the World Series, Seattle is the only franchise in Major League Baseball NOT to make the Fall Classic.

Washington jumped on St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson for 7-runs in the first inning en route to a 7-4 win last night in front of a capacity crowd at Nationals Park.  Trea Turner was 2-for-4 with a run and 2-RBI’s and Juan Soto was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI to lead Washington.

The National now wait to see if they’ll be going to Houston or New York for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

By the way, fans of this franchise had to wait 36-years as the Montreal Expos and another 15 as the Washington Nationals to make the World Series.  Seattle fans have waited 43-years.  So we may have to wait another 8-years to make it.

Houston is up 2-games-to-1 on the Yankees after winning Game 3 yesterday 4-to-1.  Gerrit Cole worked 7-innings for the victory, allowing no-runs on 4-hits with 7-strikeouts and 5-walks.  The Yankees left 9-men on base and were oh-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Jose Altuve and Josh Reddick hit solo home runs off New York starter Luis Severino, who took the loss lasting 4-and-a-third innings.

Game 4 is underway in Yankee Stadium on FS1.

Turning to the Les Schwab Prep Soccer Scoreboard from last night…

The Davis Pirates surprised the Wenatchee Panthers with a 2-1 win in a shootout.  Davis outscored Wenatchee in the shootout session 4-3 to hand the Panthers its second loss in Big-9 play this season. 

Eastmont, meanwhile, jumped out to a 4-nothing lead at half and went on for a 5-0 win over Eisenhower at Wildcat Stadium.  That puts the Wildcats into first place alone in the Big-9 at 7-and-1 with Wenatchee second at 6-and-2.  The two teams will face-off Saturday at 1 o’clock in East Wenatchee and we’ll have the game LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel.

Moses Lake kept pace with the Panthers, improving to 5-and-2 on the season, with a 2-nil win over West Valley.

In other soccer action Tuesday, Cashmere bombed Omak 8-nil.  Othello got by Quincy 5-3.  And Ellensburg doubled-up Ephrata 4-2 as the Bulldogs remained unbeaten in CWAB play.

On the Les Schwab Prep Volleyball Scoreboard from last night…

Wenatchee stayed red-hot with a sweep of Davis 3-games-to-none.  The Panthers improved to 7-and-1 in Big-9 play and 8-and-2 overall, just a game back of West Valley. 

The Rams took care of Moses Lake in 3-games.  And Eastmont picked up a victory at Eisenhower 3-games-to-none.  The Wildcats are 5-and-3 in the Big-9, in 3rd place while the Chiefs are in 4th at 3-and-4.

In the CTL last night, Chelan swept Cascade 3-0 to improve to 4-and-oh in league play and 9-and-oh on the season.  Omak improved to 2-and-1 in CTL play with a 3-games-to-none sweep of Cashmere. 

In Central Washington Athletic Conference play, Ellensburg kept pace with Selah atop the standings at 6-and-oh with a 3-game sweep of Quincy.

And in the only Central Washington B league score turned in from last night, Lake Roosevelt won a close one with Manson 3-games-to-2.

Tomorrow night is Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel…

We’ll feature the Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriors from a game at the Town Toyota Center last weekend.  Arch Ecker has your play-by-play beginning at 7 o’clock tomorrow night here on your television home for the Wenatchee Wild.

Speaking of the Wild…

Wenatchee has quite a road trip coming up this weekend.  The Wild will play at Alberni Valley Friday at 7.  Then face Cowichan Valley at the Cowichan Community Centre Saturday at 6.  And then wrap up the trip in Victoria at the Q Centre against the Grizzlies Sunday at 2.

Wenatchee’s currently 4th in the Interior Division Standings at 6-4-1-and-1 with 14-points.  Penticton leads the division at 11-and-1 with 22-points, best in the entire BCHL.

Thanks Eric.

A retired Boeing 747 will get an expensive retrofit at the Grant County International Airport. The Qantas airliner taxi’d into its hangar Tuesday, where it will be modified into a test jet for new experimental Rolls Royce engines. It’ll take an estimated two years to fully convert the jet. In the process, Rolls Royce subcontractor AeroTEC says it will create 40 new jobs at its Moses Lake flight test facility.

The Forest Service opened a year-round gated road for one day this month in the Tonasket Ranger District to allow volunteers to gather firewood for veterans.

The volunteers included Omak Home Depot workers, American Legion members and Forest Service personnel. They worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., cutting about nine cords of wood.

Veterans who were in need of wood for their homes were identified by the legion post, then showed up with trucks and trailers. Ranger district wildlife biologist Matt Marsh said he hopes it can become an annual event.

**Now let’s check in with Dan Kuntz with a peek at what’s on tap tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley, Dan. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com. And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.